Monday, April 7, 2014

Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier

Rating: 5/5 stars

I don't know about you, but I was greatly anticipating this sequel from the very beginning! After the first one was released, I thought "That was good, but they can do better." That's was I was expecting, coming into this movie; better. It certainly did not disappoint. In fact, it blew away all the other Marvel movies I have ever seen. 

For those who know what I'm talking about, I was surprised when I first heard they were going to take the plot in this direction, but I wasn't going to judge it until after I watched it. BOY, WAS I SURPRISED. If you had any doubts that the plot would be lame, allow me to cast all those away. 
The action was unbelievable! It was almost nonstop, but it wasn't too much! The intensity level compared to the first movie was off the charts! Along with the body count. It was much darker and more violent than Captain America: The First Avenger. But it was done very well! It wasn't gruesome and distasteful, it was just more intense.
The plot to this movie was very intricate and deep. It wasn't simply another cool Marvel movie with a plot that solves itself. It's connected to the first Captain America movie, Thor, Hulk, Iron Man, the Avenger... all of them! Everything that happens in this movie affects what will be in the future Marvel movies. One thing I really liked is their focus on S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nick Fury.

Nick Fury has made many appearances in past Marvel movies, but this one really made him shine. I've been waiting for a long time to see some Nick action. This was satisfactory! It dug so much deeper into who he was and what he stands for. You got a close look at his character, and I liked that. It showed that he was more than just the boss. The boss has problems too. The boss can fall down too. 

Speaking of falling down, this movie did NOT hesitate to injure main characters. Most of the time, the main character gets hurt, but he overcomes it. But this movie has serious moments of not knowing whether or not _____ will survive. 

Steve Rogers was phenomenal. I call him Steve because he's not the typical hero. He's a normal guy who tries to love a normal life. He's humble and compassionate, a great guy in general. As I've said before, he didn't just show off his awesome kick butt skills, he revealed more of himself, more of his personality and his struggles. Throughout the movie, there are some really emotional scenes if you understand them. Steve fought for what he believed in and what he thought was right. He kept his friends close and never left them.
Which leads me to Natasha (aka Black Widow)! I was so glad they focused on her friendship with Cap. It was so great! It also hinted to her past SO FREAKING MUCH. I just have to learn more! She also showed her true colors, which were more than a hot body and epic combat moves. 

Falcon was a great addition to this movie! He had cool wings, but his character and his personality is what stood out more than anything! He's a normal soldier, someone who befriends Steve and sticks with him til the end. He quickly became the character you want as your best friend. Not to mention he's a total boss. He could kill you with no limbs and his eyes closed. 

All in all, The Winter Soldier was a phenomenal, character-driven action movie you will want to see again! I can honestly say it it the best Marvel movie I have ever seen. 

P.S. WAIT UNTIL AFTER THE CREDITS! There are TWO scenes you will not want to miss! It leads right into Avengers: Age of Ultron!

P.P.S I am also excited to inform you that there WILL be a third movie to the Captain America series! The release date has not yet been revealed. 

Hope this review was helpful! Have a spectacular day!

-Matt Keenan

Thursday, February 13, 2014

SNOW LIKE ASHES by Sarah Raasch Cover Reveal!

Most of the time, when I reveal a cover it is because I am super attached to the series and there is lots of excitement built. THIS TIME, there is still MUCH excitement for this, but I only heard about it last week!

That's how powerful covers can be! After seeing the stunning cover, I quickly looked up what it's about and I'm already BLOWN AWAY! I hope y'all enjoy this cover as much as I did.

Here's the description from Goodreads:

"A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

Sara Raasch’s debut fantasy is a lightning-fast tale of loyalty, love, and finding one’s destiny.


So without further ado, ZEE COVA!











Just sit and look at that beauty! (Both pics, really) I hope you've enjoyed staring in awe of this talent. I cannot wait to read this book when it is released!
Have a fantastic day! I hope to see some of you tonight at the Marissa Meyer signing in Lewisville!


Monday, February 10, 2014

Remember Me by Romily Bernard Cover Reveal!

Many of you have probably heard me tell you about this fantastic book, FIND ME. It truly is a thriller masterpiece! Well today I come to you with something that is very exciting (probably not so for me haha). It's been a long wait, but we finally have the magnificent cover for REMEMBER ME, the sequel.

"Find Me"

These are the words written on Tessa Waye’s diary. The diary that ends up with Wick Tate. But Tessa’s just been found . . . dead.

Wick has the right computer-hacking skills for the job, but little interest in this perverse game of hide-and-seek. Until her sister Lily is the next target.

Then Griff, trailer-park boy next door and fellow hacker, shows up, intent on helping Wick. Is a happy ending possible with the threat of Wick’s deadbeat dad returning, the detective hunting him sniffing around Wick instead, and a killer taunting her at every step?

Foster child. Daughter of a felon. Loner hacker girl. Wick has a bad attitude and sarcasm to spare.

But she’s going to find this killer no matter what.

Because it just got personal.

Doesn't that sound like an epic story? Well, it's is. Take my word for it! Once you start this book, you will not want to put it down (literally, I sat in my floor until I finished it and my back hurt). 

And now to build the anticipation...

Will it be blue like the teasers have shown? 

Do you think it might have Griff on the cover???

Am I driving you crazy yet?

I shall reveal to you the greatly anticipated cover for REMEMBER ME!

*evil laugh*

Drum roll please!
*tap pit pit put tap*






When I saw it, I just kind of stood there for a long time on my iPod with this weird stare of awe.

Yes, much like that, Nicki.
 I am so happy and excited to be able to share this with y'all! YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH THIS FANDOM MEANS TO ME! If you haven't read FIND ME yet, I would recommend you do it ASAP because these books are big! Plus, you can follow the amazing author, Romily, on twitter!
( @RomilyBernard )
She's a super cool boss woman that you will want to talk to!

I hope you've enjoyed the post, but even more so, I hope you enjoyed THE REMEMBER ME COVER!!! Have an awesome day y'all!


Saturday, February 8, 2014

PERFECT LIES by Kiersten White Review!

5/5 stars! 

Annie and Fia are ready to fight back.

The sisters have been manipulated and controlled by the Keane Foundation for years, trapped in a never ending battle for survival. Now they have found allies who can help them truly escape. After faking her own death, Annie has joined a group that is plotting to destroy the Foundation. And Fia is working with James Keane to bring his father down from the inside.

But Annie's visions of the future can't show her who to trust in the present. And though James is Fia's first love, Fia knows he's hiding something. The sisters can rely only on each other - but that may not be enough to save them.

As always, it's a tragedy to get to the end  of a story, no matter how happy or sad the ending may be. MIND GAMES (book 1) was fantastic and thrilling and I can't believe I managed to contain myself (somewhat) before I got my hands on PERFECT LIES! 
The plot continued from the first book, and I really liked that. It wasn't a separate story or adventure, it just continues on! I admire Kiersten White's writing style. It's very real. Like, I can totally see a teen thinking these same thoughts as a read them! 

Fia is a boss heroine, and I never get tired of those. Her brutality and unpredictability are what define her the most. Though she also seemed mad (as in crazy). I think my favorite part of the book is when Fia is trying to keep from thinking of certain things in the midst of the Reader, 'Pixie.' Every scene that involved the two of them was my personal favorite!

Annie's personality stayed true in the sequel. She's still cautious and responsible and very mature in everything she does. She does not let her blindness interfere with her superior persona. I lived that she was constantly worried about Fia and what trouble she's getting into, completely disregarding the extreme danger she's in herself. 

I feel like I would ramble way too much if I attempted to describe everything I liked about every character, so I'll keep it brief and concise. 

Actually, I'm changing my mind. I'll let YOU form your own opinion on the rest of the characters and see how you liked them after concluding this spectacular duology! 

Go check out the author, Kiersten White, on Twitter! (@KierstenWhite) Get news on what's coming up with her and send her tweets about how much you like her amazing novels! (No hate messages please, she works hard to create her stories and it's not right to slam what she's put her blood, sweat, and tears into).

Also check out her other books such as the PARANORMALCY TRILOGY, THE CHAOS OF STARS, and MIND GAMES.

Tell me what you think in the comment section!



Wednesday, January 29, 2014


I'm too emotional right now to compose a nice post. I'm bawling my eyes out, y'all. 



Friday, January 24, 2014

The Book Shimmy Award Winners!

For those of you who don't know, The Book Shimmy Awards were created by Team EpicReads and all of the winners were chosen based on all the votes us fans sent in! Follow @EpicReads on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with the  latest YA books and bookish news! 

Without further ado, allow me to present to you the winners of the 2013 Book Shimmy Awards! 

Leading Lady Award 

UNTOLD by Sarah Rees Brennan 
(Sequel to UNSPOKEN)
I did not hear of this author until I watched The Book Shimmy Awards. I'll definitely have to read this series!

Leading Laddie Award

Day from CHAMPION by Marie Lu
(Final book in the Legend Trilogy)
I have been with series for a long time, and I must say that Day certainly deserves this award! And Marie Lu for creating him!

Most Emotionally Crippling Ending Award

ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth
(Final book in the DIVERGENT trilogy)
If you have read this book, you will know that it was destined to win this award.

Best Friendship Award

Marlee and America from THE ELITE by Kiera Cass
I have these books on my shelf but I have yet to read them. I have only heard good things about this series!

Couple Of The Year Award

Will and Tessa from THE CLOCKWORK PRINCESS by Cassandra Clare
(Final book in the INFERNAL DEVICES trilogy)
I am a major fan of this trilogy. And a fan of Cassandra Clare's works in general. I am proud to say that I voted for Wessa to win this award! 

Is This Real Life? Award 
(Best Fantasy)

SCARLET by Marissa Meyer
(Sequel to CINDER)
I've been with this series since the very beginning, so I am extremely proud to see it go this far! Marissa Meyer is a stunning author who can write the best retellings you've ever read! 

Scariest Fathomable Future Award
(Best YA Dystopian)

REQUIEM by Lauren Oliver
(Final book in the DELIRIUM trilogy)
This trilogy is about the government taking away our ability to love by surgically removing it. This is by far the scariest fathomable future! Being unable to love would be the downfall of the world. I'd rather be dead than be unable to love.

Fan Yourself Award
(Sexiest YA Novel)

UNRAVEL ME by Taherah Mafi
(Sequel to SHATTER ME)
Things get real steamy in this thrilling series!

The Cheese Stands Alone Award
(Best YA Standalone)

FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
I'm actually in the process of reading this book right now! It's a spectacular realistic fiction that all you fangirls/fanboys can relate to!

Most Badass Heroine Award

Tris Prior from ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth
(Final book in the DIVERGENT trilogy)
Tris Prior wasn't always a badass, but throughout the series she was given the opportunity to stand up and take her place in the movement to save her world.

Secondary Character Most In Need of His/Her Own Novel

Marlee from THE ELITE by Kiera Cass
(sequel to THE SELECTION)

New Kid On The Block Award
(Best YA Debut Author)

A. G. Howard, author of SPLINTERED
This is another book that is definitely on my TBR list! Cannot wait to read this brilliant Alice in Wonderland retelling!

World Series Champion Award
(Best series that ended in 2013)

The DIVERGENT trilogy by Veronica Roth
These fantastic books couldn't have ended better! I'm heartbroken but satisfied.

If You Don't Give Me This Book Right Now I Will Cut Someone Award
(Most Anticipated 2014 YA Novel)

FAKING NORMAL by Courtney C. Stevens
I have already read this book, and I must tell y'all that there is a reason it is the most anticipated! IT IS SPECTACULAR! I can see this book becoming something really big! That is, even bigger than it already is!

The Feels Award

ELEANOR AND PARK by Rainbow Rowell
Rainbow Rowell is one of the best YA standalone authors I've ever read! She ranks right up there with John Green, folks! Eleanor and Park was a really great read that made me keep reading after every chapter! (It made me read the whole thing in one sitting, it was THAT awesome).

Book Hangover Award

THE ELITE by Kiera Cass

Best Book Fandom Award


HARRY POTTER certainly deserved this award. There are more Potterheads in the world than any other booknerd! This is easily the biggest fandom in the world. Aside from Doctor Who.

Best YA Adapted Movie

Based on the bestselling sequel to THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins
If this movie did not win this award, I was going to hurt someone. It is the best book to movie adaptation I have EVER SEEN!

The Pagemaster Award
Best of Shelf Award

Veronica Roth and ALLEGIANT!
Veronica Roth will now be referred to as 'The Pagemaster' for her excellent contribution to the YA community in 2013! We love you, Veronica! Er- PAGEMASTER!

Congratulations to all the winners and Nominees of the very first 
Special thanks to Margo and Aubrey, the two girls that made it all happen! EpicReads isn't just a job for them, it's something they love to do. They're dedicated fangirls who reach out to all of us booknerds and make everything fun and exciting. They didn't have to do the Book Shimmy Awards, they wanted to! Every week they host #TeaTime and show us their glowing faces. It's always my highlight of the week to see them and it's always a joy to hear from them on Twitter. Let's all take a moment and thank them both for their hard work. Share the love!

I cannot wait for next year's Book Shimmy Awards! I predict it will be a real brawl!


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

 This week's Waiting On Wednesday is one that is very special to me!  I've been with this series since the very first book was released, and I am very enthusiastic about the third book's release! The author is SPECTACULAR! She's an amazing writer, she's a nice person and very fun to talk to, and she is the one who inspired me to start writing my own novel! 

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you CRESS by Marissa Meyer!

 Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

I first heard about Cinder on Goodreads! It was in the section of books that had been released that particular week, and it intrigued me. The idea of a retelling of Cinderella with cyborgs and aliens and awesome scifi sounded too good to be true! So I bought the book, read it, and INSTANTLY fell in love with her and her books! I've been a fan of hers ever since!

I highly recommend her books for ANYONE! Even my picky-reader brother loved Cinder and cannot wait to read the other books in the series. She's even writing another retelling, separate from THE LUNAR CHRONICLES, called HEARTLESS! It's an Alice In Wonderland retelling, focussing on the untold stor of the Queen of Hearts! 

I hope that I will be able to meet her when she visits Texas on Valentine's Day! It would be like a dream come true! 
You can look at her tour schedule HERE if you want to see her!